Nietzsche - Resentment Makes The World Go Round

Nietzsche - Resentment Makes The World Go Round

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if you don't already know it resentment is what makes the world go around it isn't money as the song goes it's resentment and in this podcast I'm going to try and convey largely what Nietzsche thought about the whole thing although you could have put this together from Spinoza's work as well and in fact Nietzsche considered that Spinoza was his only real predecessor he
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considered Chopin out to be one of his teachers but that's not the same thing he dismissed a lot of Chopin out work but he considered his messages were very similar to those of Spinoza anyway to get on to this resentment thing you can see here a picture of the Spanish Inquisition the Spanish Inquisition as you'll see later is Rizal was a result of resentment you see the priest there
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in the lower right corner some guy having his feet burned or something and the priest is full of resentment what kind of resentment well as a cycle tree that later the place we need to start it was just with an appreciation that every creature you eye every animal you see everything you see is hell-bent on expressing and gaining as much power as it can well what kind of power well
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in the human domain it's quite varied money fame sexual conquests Authority domination over others you know all those kind of things these days it tends to be money quite a lot because money seems to be the contemporary expression of power more than position really if somebody's a multi-billionaire all of a sudden everybody's swooning as they
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always they don't consider that guys probably just a freak and being very lucky but anyway that's another story so everything wants to maximize its power now you know what happens when you can't make some eyes your power so let's go to a typical environment the workplace say you are just an underling in a normal department you know some
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kind of business and you have bosses above you and your bosses are telling you day in day out what to do maybe your bosses are total bastards they're putting pressure on you setting impossible deadlines just being generally unpleasant what's going to happen while your bosses are enjoying this expression of power but you are going to end up resenting it's away the whole mechanism works need to call this
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need to express power the will to power and he says quite correctly that some people creatures will happily destroy themselves in the attempt to express its power so you see people for example on very dangerous extreme Sportz to get that power to get that rush they're quite happy to risk you know possibly killing themselves so this expression of power is
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everything if you can't express the power then you start resenting and resentment is like a poison it it starts to create slyness devious behavior planning scheming see the people who've got power don't need to do the stuff why would they need to do all this scheming and planning and all the rest of it well clearly they don't they've got what they
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want the people who haven't got what they want you as a possibly as a a low ranking employee in an organization maybe you're gonna Nick some stuff out of the stationery cabinet maybe gonna take sick days off because some you resent the fact that you are employed at on a low salary and your working conditions are [ __ ] and so you're going to get your own back in whatever way you can
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so this is where resentment and the breeds deviousness cunning all those kind of things so remember that the powerful were generally a you know fairly straightforward they can afford to be straightforward the resentful ones the ones that who are who are oppressed in some way are the ones who are lacking in power they cannot express their power so they become resentful and they become devious
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and cunning now you know typical examples in life glamorous females other women will resent them the most successful men at in the bar or in a club or whatever they may well be resented by other men affluent people people resent the bankers rival the bankers are twice
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bless'd you know if they make their bets and when they reap a very big reward if they make their bets and lose they get the taxpayer to pay for their losses and people resent that these bankers are in positions of power as your average person slaves away all their life to make what one of these bankers might make in a year or maybe even less than that and your affluent neighbors you will resent them
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because you won that nice big new luxury sedan that your neighbors got and you can't because you haven't got the power of the financial power to do it so resentment is pushing the world around it motivates people resentment is not just a passive response you know in Spinoza's language it would be called envy but resentments a bigger thing we tend to envy people who are successful
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and to take pleasure in their downfall if they have you have some bad luck but this whole mechanism drive something much much more fundamental and that is our moral codes so what happens to these people who are I mean let's say you're in an office environment your bosses are extremely affluent and wealthy driving
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nice big cars and jetting away on holidays and so on and you are there slaving away and what happens is you start to get kind of creative oh it's wrong for people to be that wealthy always wrong for people to enjoy themselves like that so this is where Nietzsche is so correct in saying that resentment itself becomes a creative force he starts to create a
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set of morals a Nietzsche highlighted the Christian and Judaic traditions as being a good example of this yes of course the Jews and the Christians in the other days anyway were under the rule of Rome and the Jews had been under the role under the rule of the Egyptians as well these were oppressed people they were resentful and so they create a moral standard which is based around
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humility chastity charity modesty all those kind of things the morals that resentful people would create because that's the way they're having to behave they're having to be modest and so that behavior of theirs becomes well look at these people here the wealthy ones or whatever they're so so careless with their money
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you know modesty we are modest the problem is that the ones who are in power become kind of complacent before you know it this set of morals I've just gone through just do charity modesty humility all those good things they start to creep into the general consciousness and they're seen as the way that people should behave now it doesn't stop the powerful being the
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powerful so you know Henry the eighth paid lip service to the church although his life was wholly different you know he certainly wasn't modest and chest but nonetheless these morals that have come from resentment start to grow now if you look at the world as it is today we have a new set of morals being created so let's take your average person I'm to
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work their butt off to make ends meet not being able to do the things that they'd like to do this is all the conditions that you need for resentment so they start to resent people that don't have to do those things and not working our butts off all week and this has been exploited to absolute perfection in the United States and the
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United Kingdom who are the amoral ones today the immoral ones are the so-called lazy the sick the immigrants because I know more about the the UK than the US but certainly in the UK the immigrants the general public perception is that immigrants are lazy and just sucking off the such state the figures show otherwise that immigrants generally contribute quite a lot to the economy but that doesn't matter because all of
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these people in United Kingdom who are working their life away very quickly need have this resentment and they need to have a set of morals that they create that comply with their mode of behavior today so that they're working hard they have very little spare money saying maybe they can't do most of the things they want to do and so all of a sudden
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and when they see someone who's not behaving like that then that becomes an offence as far as they're concerned it offends their sense of morality so today you have a morality which is increasingly based around optimism where you have to be optimistic because you know the total [ __ ] that your life is today cannot be what it will be tomorrow otherwise you'll just give up hope so optimism is a new morality so is
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industriousness why because all these people in the big ants nests called the economy are having to work like crazy and so anybody who's not industrious is breaking that moral code they have to be mindless why because you have to be in a kind of mindless state to live like that this is why we have
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again in the United States in the United Kingdom protests against experts yeah there's a very very strong anti intellectual campaign taking place both in the US and the UK why well because the your average person there has no time for all of that so scene is kind of unnecessary as just laziness oh you know
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they just they just had wankers they just stand around thinking all day so we now have a new set of morals which is driven by resentment industriousness optimism mindlessness consumerism well this is where you're going to get your pleasure now by buying stuff that in as far as you can anybody who's not into
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consumer consumerism these days would be viewed with great suspicion so the P flow is kind of attempting to golf grid are despised why more but they're not complying to this new moral code of industriousness and all the rest of it so the immoral become the lazy the sick the pessimists the intelligent persons satisfied by simple things these are the people who are now immoral and god
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forbid but if we go back in the way we behave you know maybe these kinds of things you see on the pictures might not be all that might not be all that rare you people I'm their feet burned some Chi pouring what looks like I know they used to pour molten led into people's throats maybe that's what he's doing somebody cooking somebody's arm off this is what this is
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what resentment breeds the so resentment is not just a passive thing it shapes the whole of our society and of course in your personal life you can look at what you resent do you resent those people driving around in big flash cars do you resent that person that's working offers it to you that's far more successful with the opposite sex and remember resentment comes from your inability to express your power this is
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what we all are little power expressing machines if we can't do that we become resentful so it's going to be interesting over the next 10 20 years see how far this new set of moral values because nobody's really interested in you shouldn't steal you shouldn't lie and all those moral values that came from the Christian religion nobody's interested in that stuff anymore and in fact you know the heads of state in a number of countries are well-known
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liars and cheats and all the rest of it people applaud it almost what people are really homing in on now are those who are not optimistic those who are not industrious those who are not mindless those who are pessimists you say you're a pessimist is to basically stick a big label on your forehead saying that you are a leper to be totally avoided
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anyway it's going to be interesting to see how it pans out and expect the new moral code industriousness and all those things that become more extreme as conditions on this planet become more difficult

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